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Top 10 Reasons to Love Coastal Delaware in the Fall

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Delaware in the fall

It’s the last day of summer, and while the weekend forecast is lending itself towards summer attire rather than fall fashions, the first day of autumn means fall is officially upon us. It’s a bittersweet moment when we bid farewell to the summer season, but there’s an undeniable excitement in the air as we transition into autumn, especially at the Delaware Beaches where there’s so much to look forward to and so many reason to love Delaware in the fall.

Off-Season Specials 

While most of the local bars and restaurants have a generous helping of summer specials to choose from, the off-season brings unbeatable deals at some of your favorite local hot spots. The Rehoboth Foodie is a reliable, go-to source for weekly specials, along with the newest restaurant openings and preferred local dishes.

Freedom to Roam

We love the summer visitors that enjoy Coastal Delaware each year from May through September, but there’s no denying that the traffic can be a bit maddening at times. By September, the boardwalk has cleared, parking along Rehoboth Avenue and Garfield Parkway has opened up, and the general hustle and bustle around town has eased significantly. That’s not to say that Lewes, Bethany and Fenwick are ghost towns, but taking a peaceful stroll along the beach or getting a bar seat at your favorite restaurant is a breeze.

Picture-Perfect Beach Weather 

And because the beaches are wide open, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a beach day! Fortunately for those of us who reside here in the Mid-Atlantic region the weather stays warm during the first part of fall, with plenty of chances for beach days during September and October. Once the chill hits the region, it’s still worth hitting the beach with a hoodie and a blanket to enjoy an afternoon by the ocean.

Local Hiking Trails

One of the best parts about fall of course is watching the leaves in all their glory, and what better place to observe all that beautiful fall foliage than along one of our local hiking trails. Grab the dog and enjoy a stroll around Trap Pond State Park, hop on your bike for an adventure along the Junction & Breakwater Trail, or spend the afternoon with the grandkids exploring Gordon’s Pond.

Football, Football, and more Football

Whether you’re a diehard football fan, or mostly in it for the pitchers of beer and heaping piles of nachos, football season brings even more specials to the area, with drink and food specials abounding during game time. Better yet, it’s the perfect excuse to hit your favorite local watering hole to catch a game with friends. 

Fall Festivals 

There is no shortage of fall festivals here at the Delaware beaches, so much so that it’s next to impossible to pick a favorite, but the Sea Witch Festival, Southern Delaware Beer Wine, Food & Music Festival, and Apple-Scrapple Festival are high on our list.

Day Trip Adventures

Summer has a way of flying by before you get a chance to enjoy any weekend trips to nearby towns, but lucky for you there’s plenty of amazing day trips nearby for fun fall adventures. Shoot down to Assateague Island National Seashore for a visit with the ponies, spend an afternoon shopping in ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’ of Berlin, Maryland, tour the Dogfish Head Brewery, or head to the northern end of Delaware for outings at the Winterthur Museum & Garden, Fort Delaware, or the Hagley Museum.

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Because it just isn’t fall until you’ve picked some fresh, local apples or plopped a fat pumpkin by your doorstep. The options for u-pick are plentiful around here, but Fifer’s Fall Fest Saturdays takes it to the next level with a large selection of u-pick apples and pumpkins, plus a massive corn maze, petting zoo, children’s games, tractor train, and more.

Tax-Free Shopping

With tax-free shopping, shopping is always a good idea no matter what time of year it is, but shopping with less crowds and beautiful weather is hard to beat. Browse the shops in Bethany, Lewes, and Rehoboth, or spend the day scoring deals on your favorite brand names at the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth.

Arts & Entertainment

Each fall, both the Rehoboth Jazz Festival and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival bring an extra splash of culture to our area, with an impressive lineup of live music and independent film screenings to enjoy. Held in October and November, respectively, the two events are definitely worth a save-the-date in your calendar and will quickly become annual traditions for you and your friends.

Ready to enjoy Delaware in the fall?? Schedule a visit to tour our communities here at the Delaware beaches

Finding the Perfect Fit in a New Home Community

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

new home community

You’ve made the decision to move, and whether it was a no-brainer to sell your home or a more arduous choice, you’re now ready to put in the legwork and begin your journey to finding your new home. There’s a lot to consider of course, from floor plans, to builders, to matching your lifestyle needs, but what is arguably just as important as selecting the right home is finding the perfect fit in a neighborhood. If you’re eyeing up a new home community, there’s even more to consider, but fear not, because the process really can be seamless (and fun!).

Make a Must-Have List

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options during your new home search, but a good place to start is by making a list of what you need in a new home community vs. what you want.

  • For the 55 and over crowd, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of selecting an age-restricted, 55+ community and decide which is best for you. If you’re heart is set on age-restricted, that will help narrow down your choices.
  • For others, it’s worth considering how much maintenance you want to be responsible for in your new home. If you’re downsizing or retiring, a smaller lot with little to no maintenance could be just what you are looking for.
  • Or how about the people residing in your new home? Do you need to find a community that offers multi-generational floor plans to house your mother-in-law, or your kids during their post-college years? Or are you empty nesters, interested in downsizing to ranch-style single-family home or a twin home floor plan?

Take Stock of Your Lifestyle

Once you’ve nailed down those ‘can’t live without’ elements of your new home search, it’s time to evaluate your lifestyle and search for a community that follows suit.

  • Is easy access to the beach, the bay or water important to you or your family?
  • How about the neighborhood environment, are you looking for a peaceful retreat or aiming for a vibrant, master-planned community teeming with activities and amenities?
  • What types of shopping, restaurants and business do you want nearby?
  • Does the idea of having a golf course, nature trail, or indoor pool just steps from your doorstep appeal to you?
  • How about a built-in social life in a community where neighbors quickly become friends?

Picture your life. Now know that there is a new home community that complements it perfectly.

Consider the Bells & Whistles

New home communities come with a lot of bells and whistles, from state-of-the-art clubhouses, to kayak launches and nature paths, to community pools with splash pads and slides for the kiddos. Naturally, this might not be the right fit for you, but it’s worth exploring nonetheless. Visit a wide variety of communities and speak to current homeowners – they offer an incredible wealth of knowledge about the community, its amenities, and the surrounding area!

Looking for the perfect new home community for you in Coastal Delaware? Sara is here to help! Contact Sara at 302-745-9614.

Looking for a new home community in the Richmond area? Kaylie is your girl! You can reach Kaylie at 804-787-3354.

OR, explore all of our current new home communities on our website:

Happy house hunting:)

Get to Know Peninsula Lakes!

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

Peninsula Lakes consistently maintains that undeniable wow-factor, and whether it’s the lake living or the stunning curb appeal of the winding streetscapes, we can’t help but fall in love with this Coastal Delaware community over and over again. It could be line-up of incredible amenities, slated to break ground this fall, or it could be the active, resort-style setting where neighbors truly do become lifelong friends. Whatever the reason, Peninsula Lakes keeps people scrambling for the best homesites and eagerly awaiting the opening of the next phase. So what’s the secret? We’ll let Nikki tell you…

Marketing and sales talk aside, in your opinion, what makes Peninsula Lakes unique?

Everything! There isn’t another community like it. I think the overall plan for the community is incredibly inspired. On day one I fell in love with the curves of the roads that hug the lakes. There are no straight lines, which means it’s is not just your typical grid of homes. It has a LOT of character.

The homeowners at Peninsula Lakes seem to have already created this awesome, tight-knit sense of community, is there something in the water out there??

If by water, you mean the fridge full of beer, then yes;) Seriously though, it’s pretty amazing how close this community is, and we are lucky to have such down-to-earth people living here. I think that most of our homeowners are coming from out of state, so they don’t have family or friends here…yet. They all refer to their neighbors as their ‘Pen Lakes family’ and it is really great to see those bonds forming so quickly. 

You guys have had an incredible sales year, what’s on the horizon for Peninsula Lakes?

Next up are the amenities, and we are very excited! The pool will start first, and we are looking to break ground in October. (*Spoiler alert, the pool is going to be amazing!)

Describe Peninsula Lakes in 3 adjectives.




Let’s switch gears and talk trends, what are homeowners looking for in a new home right now?

One trend that isn’t going away is investing in your kitchen. It is the gathering place in any home, so naturally people are looking for larger spaces that open into great rooms. Entertaining seems to be a big trend in our community, especially since we have such outgoing people here.

If you had to pick a favorite floor plan at Peninsula Lakes, which one would it be and why?

I get asked this a lot, and it truthfully changes weekly. I love them all for different reasons. Right now we have an Ethan under construction which is rare, and if I had to pick a floor plan today, I would build an Ethan. It has two owner’s suites and an optional formal dining room. I just really like the flow of it and the fact that there are so many things you can do with it. It is also one level, which is low maintenance. With all that said, we just broke ground on a Shearwater and a Mallory, so those will soon become my favorites.

What are the must-have selections in new homes right now?

Our community is a little different, having so many water-view homesites, so must-have selections at Pen Lakes are geared more towards the outdoor spaces. With options from screened porches, to decks, to our beautiful courtyards, there is a lot to choose from, and homeowners are more often than not making the outdoor space a top priority.

In your opinion, what sets Schell Brothers apart from other home builders?

Our mission. Our main focus is happiness, and our building science, superb energy efficiency, and unmatched look and quality of our homes all stem from that desire to make our homeowners happy. A home is the biggest purchase most people make in their life and we work for a company that decided to help make that purchase as fun and as exciting as it should be.

For people who aren’t familiar with Coastal Delaware, what do you love about living here?

Never being bored, but always being relaxed. It’s “Slower Lower Delaware”. You have everything you would want within a short distance, but people are taking their time and enjoying their lives. I would not want to be anywhere else.

Final thoughts?

Choose happiness!


For more on Peninsula Lakes, simply click here.

Or, to visit, stop by the model home at:

30965 Fowlers Path
Millsboro, DE 19966

Get to Know The Sanctuary!

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

With our model home underway in The Sanctuary, and two models now available in Palmilla at Magnolia Green, it’s been a busy summer’s end here in Richmond, with fall ramping up to be a whirlwind at both of our RVA new home communities. Simply stated, it’s the perfect time to get to know The Sanctuary! It’s also the perfect time for a little Q&A with our Community Sales Manager Jennifer Jinnette, including a rundown on her favorite floor plans, the hottest trends in new home construction, and some more details on those oh-so-spacious lots in The Sanctuary.

1. Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes The Sanctuary so unique? 

The Sanctuary is just what its name means: a place of refuge, an oasis, a retreat. It’s a community where you have the space that you need to live the lifestyle that you’ve desired.  Located about 20 minutes to Downtown Richmond, you’ll find 1-acre private homesites situated in a tranquil community.  You can get away from the traffic, the noise, and living on top of your neighbors while still having the conveniences of living only a few miles miles from Target and Westchester Commons Shopping Center.  You can have the privacy and space to build your own pool, to let the dog run around, or to have friends over to your beautiful new home, all without worrying about neighbors that limit your freedom. 

2. Let’s talk some more about those lot sizes…

Drive through any other community in Midlothian, Chesterfield, or Richmond, and you’ll find homesites that average around a quarter of an acre or less. Drive through The Sanctuary, and you’ll see trees, freshly manicured lawns, and plenty of space, with every homesite at least 1-acre. Whether you are looking for something without trees so that there is plenty of space to run around, or you want to be as nestled in the woods as possible, we have the large, private homesites that you’ve been looking for, at a fraction of the cost of other builders in the area.  Imagine what you could do with all of that space!  Build one of our beautiful courtyards with a built-in grill and fireplace.  Enjoy nights under the stars.  Swim in your private in-ground pool, or escape the winter in your bubbling Jacuzzi hot tub.  Fence in your backyard and let the kids and pets run and play.  Build a tree house, install a swing set, or both.  Grow your own vegetables in a garden!  The list really do go on and on (and on).  But at the end of the day, this is your space, how would you use it??

3. Of course it’s always about ‘location, location, location’ when we’re talking real estate. Tell us a little bit about the location of The Sanctuary and what’s nearby. 

The Sanctuary is located just 2 miles off of the Midlothian Turnpike and adjacent to award-winning Hallsley.  The top-rated Midlothian schools are another reason people choose this location, and what’s more, the new Old Hundred Elementary School will be just across the street!  

You’re a quick drive to Mid-Lothian Mines Park and Robious Landing Park.  Get outdoors and kayak in the James River or take a scenic hike.  Show your competitive side at Windy Hill Sports Complex, which is less than 3 miles away, or enjoy an afternoon of golf at a nearby course. Spend the day shopping for antiques at one of the local shops.  Want to head out of town?  Easy, you’re just 2 miles to Rt 60. 

4. With so much happening nearby, what’s your favorite? Any food spots we can’t miss? 

Richmond is obviously a can’t-miss for a fantastic meal, but you don’t have to drive into Richmond if you’re not up for it because we have plenty of delicious restaurants close by.  Try Bell Greek for some delicious, authentic Greek food.  My favorite is the Spanakopita.  Tazza is fresh, tasty, and has a wide variety of options on the menu with inventive ingredients, such as Summer Squash Pizza, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad, and Smoked Brisket Tacos.  If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, try Wild Ginger.  From fresh sushi and kobe beef burgers to vegetarian options like teriyaki tofu, the flavors here are amazing!

5. Describe The Sanctuary in 3 adjectives: 




6. Let’s switch gears and talk industry trends. What are people looking for right now in a home in Richmond?

A  trend that we are definitely seeing is that people are spending more time outdoors as an extension of their home.  People are falling in love with our courtyards, which can include a fireplace, built-in grill, and/or water feature.  I’m also noticing a lot of people opting for our 2nd story decks and screened in porches. It’s just another way to enjoy your home, both indoors and out. 

7. In your opinion, what sets a Schell Brothers home apart from other builders? 

Oh boy, how much time do you have?? The short answer is that at Schell Brothers, we are on a mission to bring happiness to people and of the ways that we do that is by building a longer-lasting and more energy efficient home that will bring you happiness for years to come.

But of course there is a lot that goes in to that, but a few examples of the difference in our construction compared to other builders is that we use 2×6’s instead of 2×4’s in the exterior walls.  This allows us to put 63% more insulation in the walls of your home, which makes a huge difference in heating and cooling costs.  We also build our homes on site, with California corners.  A typical 2×4 corner leaves a pocket in the corner of your house that does not have insulation.  Our 2×6 California corners mean that there is insulation from the roof all the way down to the foundation.  We use blown-in blanket insulation with a higher R-value than the typical builder.  All of our crawl spaces are conditioned and even include sump pumps, to insure moisture stays away from your home.  On average we are over 50% more energy efficient than the typical builder.  Clearly I could go on and on;)

8. If you had to pick a favorite floor plan at The Sanctuary, which one would it be and why? 

My favorite plan is The Bridgeport.  It is incredibly versatile and personally would give me and my family everything that we want and need:  two owners suites, one upstairs and one downstairs, the latter of which we would use for out-of-town guests; a screened-in porch off of the dining area, with a deck above coming off of the master bedroom; walk-in closets in every bedroom, including dual walk-in closets in the master; and a huge kitchen open to the great room and dining room that is perfect for entertaining.  I also love the open to above great room, perfect for the biggest Christmas tree I can find!

9. What’s the must-have selection in new homes right now? 

Quartz is definitely making a comeback!   Granite has been king for a while, but people are loving all of the beautiful varieties of quartz that we offer, and how low maintenance it is. Basements are also a must-have for many people in our area.  We have basement options, both finished and unfinished, in every floor plan that we offer!  We can even do in-ground basements so you can have both a basement AND a flat yard.  

10. Final thoughts? 

We are truly so excited to be able to offer the Schell Brothers brand in this market.  I personally can’t wait to be a part of showing people the Schell Brothers difference and seeing their dream homes become a reality.  It may sound cliche but we truly are different, both in the quality and selections in our homes, but also in our state of mind, and I think you’ll notice that difference right away. But hey, see for yourself – stop by and check out what makes us unique!


For more on The Sanctuary, simply click here.

To contact Jennifer, reach her at (804) 402-4505 OR visit her at our brand new model home in Palmilla at Magnolia Green, where we’ll be until our model home at The Sanctuary is complete this fall: 7006 Silverthread Drive Moseley, VA 23120


Get to Know Truitt Homestead!

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Earlier this year, we launched our second 55+ active adult community, and the first it’s kind in Rehoboth Beach. Just a half-mile from Downtown Rehoboth Beach, the location really can’t be beat, with some of the area’s best dining and shopping (not to mention the beach and boardwalk) just a short car ride or bike ride away. Closer to home, there’s a lineup of amenities that suit every interest. But that’s not all! Community Sales Manager Andrew Rogan tells us more about Truitt Homestead:

Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes Truitt Homestead so unique? 

I would say it’s two things. First, it’s the only 55+ community in Rehoboth Beach. Second, its location is awesome! Being so close to downtown Rehoboth, homeowners could bike to the grocery store, their favorite restaurants, and the beach all less than two miles away. 

Elaborate on the concept at Truitt a bit for us. This is a 55+ community right?

It sure is. The benefit is that homeowners will be able to focus on enjoying life and not having to worry about exterior home maintenance. And if they don’t feel like traveling the two miles into town, the amenities within the community are right there for them!

The location! How amazing is the location?? 

I really cant say enough about the location. You can literally walk to Wawa and get your morning coffee then go over to Fresh Market and get a few groceries. The grandkids are visiting? Take them to the beach or walk around the corner to Jungle Jim’s Water Park. Downtown Rehoboth, its shops, restaurants, and beach are only a  bike ride or a very short car ride away. And if you don’t feel like leaving, the amenities onsite are great, including the indoor pool, gym, restaurant, movie theater and more.

So you’re not exactly the target demo for this community, so we’ll ask you this – would you sell your parents on moving to Truitt?

Funny you ask. After I told my parents that I would be responsible for sales at Truitt, they immediately asked me for more details about the community because they were interested themselves. My mom is extremely active and keeps my Dad the same way. They spend a lot of time biking, walking the dog, and getting dinners together (growing up my dad was out at sea for months at a time and they now try to capitalize on the time they have together). A lot of these activities they do are conveniently located around Rehoboth or the neighboring park trails, so Truitt makes a lot of  sense for them. If my brother and I were not getting married this year they would probably be much closer to making a move!

There’s some pretty incredible amenities planned for this community, which ones do you think will be fan favorites?

Wow, great question! I think they will all be popular. There really is something for everyone. Indoor pool, gym, game room, movie theater, restaurant, and salon. It will be a great place for homeowners to enjoy their favorite activities, spend time with neighbors, and get involved in groups and clubs. The extensive array of amenities on site in Truitt will certainly help cultivate a great community atmosphere.

Describe Truitt Homestead in 3 adjectives:




So back to this awesome location….what are some locals favorites in Downtown Rehoboth?

Certainly, the Fresh Market grocery store, Browseabout Bookstore, the beach of course, Funland and Jungle Jim’s, and really any of the countless restaurants (one of my personal favorites is Frankie and Louie’s). Rehoboth has so much to offer not just in the summer but year-round so it’s really hard to pick a favorite!  

Our newest series of homes, the Coastal Cottage series, is being offered at Truitt. Tell us a little about what makes this series unique. 

All of Schell Brothers homes do this, however, the Costal Cottage series really focuses on maximizing the space where you will need it most. In terms of outdoor living space, there are more possibilities than ever. Also, every time I look at one of these floor plans I discover a new way to add storage space!

If you had to pick a favorite floor plan, which one would it be and why?

I would say The Orchid. It is a very functional, open ranch-style floor plan with an owner suite, and two guest bedrooms downstairs, yet has the ability to add additional space where you might need it. Our new model will be The Orchid and will display the loft selection as well as a few other selections that really have that “wow” factor.  

Final thoughts?

It’s funny I hate using the term “unique opportunity” because it sounds like a sales pitch; however, there really is no better way to describe Truitt. Having grown up here at the beach, there is very limited open land near Rehoboth, so the ability to build a brand new home so close to downtown is rare. Then when you factor in the fact that it is the only 55+ active adult community in Rehoboth Beach, there really is nothing else like it. I am pretty excited to see this community grow!

Want to know more about Truitt Homestead? Simply click here.

Get to Know Tidewater Landing!

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

The interest in Tidewater Landing has been incredible so far (seriously, we’re talking over 650 inquiries in a few short weeks), which means a lot of people are talking about our latest community in Lewes, Delaware. And who can blame them? The location can’t be beat, the amenities are amazing, and the site plan features tall, mature trees on nearly every lot. But that’s not all that’s worth bragging about. Community Sales Manager, longtime Schell employee AND Schell homeowner Josh Hay has the scoop on the latest and greatest at Tidewater Landing:

Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes Tidewater Landing so unique? 

It’s truly different from all the other communities in the area.  So many communities are built on farm land and open fields that it loses character.  Tidewater Landing is basically being chiseled out of a forest and leaving 41% of the trees.  Almost every home backs to the woods and it gives the neighborhood a private and peaceful feel when driving through it.  All you hear are the birds and wind through the trees.  In addition, we’ll have access to Love Creek where you’ll be able to kayak, canoe, paddle board, and fish.  All this and it’s just 6 miles to downtown Lewes.  It’s just a great location and setting.

How excited are you to be partnering with Carl M. Freeman on another community?

It’s a huge pleasure to work with Carl M. Freeman on this community.  They are known for designing beautiful communities with lots of curb appeal and character.  Freeman is one of those companies that always focuses on their developments as if they were living there and spare no expense to make sure their communities are the best.  We’ve been fortunate to work with them on other communities and we couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with them again with Tidewater Landing.  

This community is designed with some pretty incredible amenities and activities on site, which ones are you looking forward to the most?

The nature trails through the woods are going to be beautiful and a great place to walk your dog.  The clubhouse will be the perfect spot to meet up with everyone and play a game of pool or watch the game in the lounge area or at the bar.  There also will be a fitness center, outdoor pool with bar and grill area, and tennis/pickleball courts. 

Describe Tidewater Landing in three adjectives.




If you had to pick a favorite floor plan, which one would it be and why? 

The Mayberry.  I love the layout of the living space and how the home kind of wraps around the courtyard.  The kitchen is a great size, especially when you do the counter height island. And the owners suite is an awesome layout.  I try not to do work from home but there is a flex room that gives me a quiet space to get some work done when needed.

How about the area – what are some of your favorite spots in Lewes? 

The location is one of the best parts about Tidewater.  You can get almost anywhere on back roads and very quickly.  Downtown Lewes is only 10 minutes away and has some of my favorite restaurants…Agave, Striper Bites, Touch of Italy, just to name a few.  And Kings Homemade Ice Cream must be had when walking around Lewes. 

You’ve been with Schell a long time and you own a Schell home, what is it about our homes and communities that stand out the most to you?

The attention to detail in a Schell home is really unbelievable, along with the innovation of the Schellter™ package that is included in every home.  Every home is built as if it was a home that Schell Brothers was going to live in.  There are also so many selections to choose from that you can really personalize the home to your style and not have to compromise.  The biggest thing I have noticed though after living in a Schell home is the comfort of the home.  It’s such a quiet home to live in.  You don’t hear cars going down the street or barking dogs.  The energy bills are a fraction of what I used to pay because of the energy efficiency of the home.  I can now set the thermostat at what is a comfortable temperature and not have to sacrifice my comfort in fear of the utility bills.  I’ve also gone winters now without getting that typical winter cold which I’m sure has something to do with the air quality in the home.

Final thoughts?

It’s a really exciting time to be looking for a home in the Lewes area.  There are some great communities out there and if you are looking for a quiet, wooded neighborhood with amenities and access to kayaking and fishing than you couldn’t have found a better community.  Tidewater Landing has brought the best features of all the other neighborhoods and consolidated them in one place.  It’s a beautiful place that I hope you can come visit!

For more on Tidewater Landing, simply click here.

And to speak with Josh or pay him a visit at Tidewater Landing:

(302) 841-5705

Robinsonville Road
Lewes, DE 19958

Increase in Delaware Transfer Tax Set for Aug. 1

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

We’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about the State of Delaware’s recent announcement regarding the Transfer Tax Increase on August 1. The biggest question being, “But wait, what does that mean for me??”. The answer is simple, with a few key facts to consider:

  • The State of Delaware is increasing the transfer tax on August 1 from 3% to 4%.
  • Schell Brothers incurs half of that percentage, which means for your part, the increase will be from 1.5% to 2%.
  • All contracts ratified by July 31, 2017 will be assessed at the 3% transfer tax rate. Any contract ratified on or after August 1st, 2017 will be assessed at the new 4% rate.
  • So let’s break that down. On a $400,000 home, that’s an increase of $4,000 after Aug. 1, or for Schell buyers, an increase of $2,000 after Aug. 1.
  • Broken even further down, that means if you act now (before Aug. 1) you could save yourself $2,000 on a $400,000 home.
  • Imagine what you could do with that extra $2,000??
    • A well-deserved vacation after your move?
    • Treat yourself to a new set of furniture for your new home?
    • Put it towards selections on your dream home?
    • Save it for a rainy day?
    • The options are endless…

To save thousands of dollars before the month is up, visit our site or new home communities, talk to a member of our sales team, and act now!



Get to Know Showfield!

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

Curious about life at Showfield? One of our newest Lewes, Delaware communities has been generating a ton of buzz lately, so we decided to feature a Q&A with the expert, Community Sales Manager, Vicki Wilkins:

Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes Showfield so unique? 

Definitely the amazing location. We’re located east of Route 1 (which is very desirable), just 1 mile from the beach, and adjacent to the Breakwater Trail. Plus we have those large lots that so many people have been asking for;)

The model, The Carnegie, is stunning! But tell us a little bit about some of the other floor plan options.

Well, we currently offer 16 floor plans – 13 of which are Schell Brothers and 3 that are Echelon.  We offer everything from 3 bedroom ranches to elaborate 7,000 sq.ft estate type homes.

If you had to pick a favorite floor plan, which one would it be and why? 

The Kingfisher!  It’s so versatile and expandable.  The floor plan starts at 2,566 sq.ft and can go up to 5,750 sq.ft, which makes it adaptable to a wide variety of family sizes and lifestyles.  It also has many of the features that folks look for, including a first floor owners suite, open loft, a beautiful wall of windows, and a tremendous amount of light.

Describe Showfield in three adjectives.




We aren’t the only builder in Showfield, so ultimately the question becomes: why choose Schell?

There are many reasons of course, but a major differentiator is the fact that our process for buying out here is so simple: 

1. Select your lot

2. Select your home.

3. Sit back and let us build your dream home!

Other builders have a long, tedious building process involving construction loans, two settlements and an extensive amount of steps. We make the process seamless…and fun! 

So how about the area – what are some of your favorite spots in Lewes?

Two easy favorites are Cape Henlopen State Park (cant beat that drive on beach!) and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

And if you want to stay closer to home…favorite community amenity?

The former horse stalls/barns have been converted to open pool cabanas.  They look amazing while still being able to preserve and repurpose the original structures.

Now let’s talk trends. What’s the must-have selection for a new home?

Quartz countertops!

As a relative newcomer to the Coastal Delaware, I have to ask…life at the beach, is it everything you thought it would be?

I just moved here from upstate DE, so I definitely have a fresh and unique perspective.  Working and now living here has really opened up my eyes to the incredible quality of life – especially here on the east side of Route 1.  Watching people riding bikes or walking dogs on the Breakwater Trail, riding bikes to the beach or to the town of Lewes for a bite to eat or shopping, driving your jeep on the beach…it’s like resort living every day. The laid back lifestyle is endless and truly unique!

Final thoughts?

Showfield feels like home to me.  It was previously a horse stable (race horses) and horse shows were held here.  I grew up in a rural area of PA on a little over 3 acres and had horses.  My childhood memories are mainly of riding and showing horses.  My love for horses still goes on today!

Want to learn more? Contact Vicki at 302-228-2231, or better yet, stop in for a visit at our Carnegie model at Showfield:

18264 Show Jumper Lane
Lewes, DE 19958

Or learn more right from where you’re sitting by clicking here.

4th of July at the Delaware Beaches

By Ali Baker, in All Communities


For whatever reason, the summer season doesn’t seem to fully kick-in for us until the 4th of July. Perhaps it’s because the school year is far removed from our minds, maybe it’s the summer heat that spikes when the month of July hits, or it could be the nostalgic beauty of the anticipation of fireworks. Whatever the reason, we are in full Fourth of July mode here at Schell Brothers, which means we’ve got our eye on the lineup of 4th of July festivities in and around our area. From Lewes right on down Coastal Highway to Ocean City, there are plenty of chances to don your red, white and blue and celebrate.


The City of Lewes will continue its beloved traditions for the holiday, with old-fashioned games for the kids, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade, and the Doo-Dah Parade. Games kick-off at 9am on Second Street, with fun for all ages. Following the games, the annual Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf. Later in the afternoon, the festivities will continue with the Doo-Rah Parade, which will begin at 5pm on Kings Highway, traveling down Savannah Road and onto Second Street.

Rehoboth Beach 

Rehoboth Beach Main Street invites you to head downtown on Sunday, July 2 to watch the fireworks as they are launched from the beach. Live entertainment will be provided at the Bandstand before and after the fireworks show, which is scheduled to start at 9:15pm (*depending on weather, fireworks could be launched anytime after 8pm). Hint: Opt for the Jolly Trolley or the DART buses for easy transportation.

Dewey Beach

For a bayside performance of the fireworks on July 4th, head to Dewey Beach where fireworks will be set off from a barge in the bay. The patriotic display will be visible from all of the bars and restaurants along the bayside in Dewey so grab a key spot early and enjoy the show (around 9pm).

Bethany Beach

In Bethany Beach, the festivities will span across the entire day, with 4th of July in downtown Bethany. The parade starts at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. At 7:30, gather at the Bandstand for Love Seed Mama Jump before enjoying the fireworks at dusk!

Ocean City

Just over the state line, Ocean City knows how to throw down when it comes to July 4th celebrations. The town hosts two fireworks displays, with Seacrets throwing their hat into the ring as well. Watching the fireworks from the iconic Ocean City boardwalk is well worth braving the traffic through town, but the fireworks at the north end of town at Northside Park are just as spectacular. Both begin at 9:30pm with live entertainment beforehand. Fireworks also start at 9:30pm at Seacrets – must be 21 to attend.



Purposefully Different: Not Your Ordinary Basement

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Whether you’re building at the beach or securing a homesite in one of our new home communities in Richmond, many of our homesites feature basement living, specially designed for your needs and your modern lifestyle. A basement is an ideal place to get away, kick your feet up, and treat yourself to some hard-earned rest and relaxation. Offering a variety of uses for those of you expanding as the little ones grow, or downsizing as the big kids head off to college, these aren’t your ordinary basements…

Designed With You in Mind

You’ll love that your space is tailored to your evolving lifestyle. Whether you’re craving additional space for the kids, interested in a place for entertaining, or in need of extra room for out-of-town guests, our basements offer the personalization you need. Retiring? A basement is perfect for storing as you downsize, or for finally creating that bonus room you’ve been dreaming up on Pinterest for the past few years. Take a look at a few of the ways the team at Echelon Interiors has dressed up the basements in our model homes. Pool table, shuffleboard, game area, bar…the options are endless!







Basement Living

There are countless options for making the most of your finished basement, which is why so many of our homeowners scramble for homesites that accommodate basements. Place for the kids or grandkids to hang out? Check! Man cave? You betcha! Entertainment space for game night? Of course! Open bar for hosting your own happy hours? Absolutely! Picture your current home and ask yourself what you would do with some additional space. Now, imagine that you can have it all with the simple choice to opt for basements.

For more on our floor plans: click here!

Investing in a Second Home for Retirement

By Ali Baker, in All Communities


second home for retirement

So you’ve been eyeing up that coveted beach home for several years now, but you’re still not convinced it’s the right time. Or, you’ve given retirement some thought, but don’t feel like you’re ready to take the plunge for another 5-10 years. You want to plan ahead, but you’re also trying to focus on the here and now. Sound familiar? Buying a second home for retirement provides you with the flexibility that you’re looking for now, while securing the foundation for your retirement future.

Scoring a Second Home for Family Vacations

If you’re like many of the visitors to the Delaware beaches each year, you’ve probably entertained the idea of owning a beach home that you and your family can enjoy each summer (or during those beautiful and notably quieter weekends during the off-season). Whether you’ve been vacationing in Bethany, Rehoboth, Lewes, or Fenwick Island for years, or have just recently discovered Coastal Delaware, a second home at the beach could provide your family with some pretty incredible memories for years to come, all while positioning yourself for your future retirement nest.

Testing the Waters

We often hear people debating whether they want to head south for retirement in sunny Florida, or capture the perks of beach living while still being close to family and friends in the northeast. Buying a second home now is a good way to test the waters on whether or not you want to retire in Delaware down the line. *spoiler alert: you will;)

Rental Property Income

Investing in a retirement property early on could also mean just that: an investment. It’s no secret the Delaware beaches are a hot spot during the summer months, which means you also have the option to rent out your beach getaway until you’re ready to be there full-time.

Benefits of Buying at the Delaware Beaches

So…why DE? With low property taxes, no sales tax and a low cost of living, the financial benefits are a major perk for choosing the first state for both retirement and beach living. To boot, there’s an endless array of outdoor adventures and local attractions to revel in, along with shopping, dining, and miles of pristine beaches.


Interested in learning more about your options for new home communities at the Delaware beaches? Chat with Sara, our online community consultant at (302) 745-9614 or find your perfect fit by clicking here.



Sized Perfectly: Introducing the Coastal Cottage Series

By Ali Baker, in Bayside

coastal cottage series

A home is so much more than four square walls, which is why we offer numerous floor plan options, each with high-end finishes and innovative spaces adapted perfectly for the way you live. “Your home just feels better” is something we hear often from people visiting our model homes, and it’s that exact sentiment that we strive for with each new floor plan we offer, including the Coastal Cottage Series. 

Experience the Difference

At Schell Brothers, we’re always innovating, priding ourselves in building homes that showcase both superior craftsmanship and design. Our floor plans are born from customer feedback and extensive research, all in an effort to pinpoint what homeowners really need from a new home, not what traditional designs dictate. In place of formal dining rooms and living rooms, you’ll find open floor plans that cater to the realities of your modern lifestyle. Whether you’re housing a growing family, looking to downsize to a slightly smaller home, or on the hunt for the perfect home-away-from-home at the beach, there’s a floor plan sized perfectly for you, and it just might be one of the new single-family homes in our Coastal Cottage Series

What You’ll Love

The homes in the Coastal Cottage Series boast all of the innovative features of a typical Schell home: picture windows maximizing natural lighting, informal living spaces that overlook the first-floor great room, courtyards that are both quaint and accessible…all designed with you in mind! Oversized nooks, large pantries, mudrooms, flex rooms…yep, it’s all still there! Take a look at a few of the floor plans:

The Jasmine Coastal Cottage Series Coastal Cottage Series


The Lilac

Coastal Cottage Series - The Lilac

The Orchid

Coastal Cottage Series - The Orchid

The Jasmine, The Lilac,  and The Orchid are currently available The Peninsula. The Jasmine and The Lilac are currently available at Bayside.

Build New at the Beach

Our new single-family homes are sized perfectly for the homebuyer interested in low maintenance living in a coastal community that’s full of social activities. We are currently offering a few floor plans in the Coastal Cottage Series at Bayside and The Peninsula, with more to come at Truitt Homestead, the only 55+ community in Rehoboth Beach, designed perfectly for the homebuyer looking for low-maintenance living paired with built-in options for the future. Stay tuned for more!



For more on our new home communities, click here OR contact Sara, our online community consultant, at (302) 745-9614